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The area of national forest estate in Ireland has increased to approximately 700,000 hectares as a result of a significant increase in private forest development in the mid-1980s, with the introduction of grant schemes funded by the EU aimed at encouraging private land owners, mainly farmers, to become involved in forestry. Of this, approximately 45% is in private ownership and 55% is in the ownership of Coillte.

During the first 75 years of the 20th century, forestry in Ireland was almost exclusively carried out by the state. By 1985, forest and woodland cover was approximately 420,000 hectares.

Upon the first arrival of humans in Ireland around 12,500 years ago, the entire island was predominantly covered in a blanket of thick woodland. These woodlands consisted largely of oak and pine forests. However, centuries of heavy deforestation meant that by the end of the 19th century, the area of woodland and forest cover in Ireland was estimated to be approximately 69,000 hectares, or 1% of the national land area.

The vast majority of forestry plantings in Ireland are non-native species, chiefly Sitka spruce, with the consequent damage to biodiversity and the environment.

By province and county

Ulster

  • Drum Manor Forest Park
  • Gortin Glen Forest Park

Munster

  • Cahermurphy Forest
  • Dromore Woods Nature Reserve

Glenbower Wood, Killeagh.

  • Curragh Chase
  • Ballyruane

Leinster

  • Oak Park Forest Park
  • Rathwood Forest Walks
  • Donadea Forest Park
  • Camcor Woods
  • Ardan Woods
  • Camolin Wood

Connacht

  • Glenfarne Demesne
  • Milltown Wood
  • St. Johns Forest
  • Lough Key Forest Park
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